In 2001 the Warren County Sheriff’s Office assumed responsibility of Animal Control. Prior to this date Animal Control was under the dominion of the Warren County Administration. The Warren County Sheriff’s Office provides enforcement of all animal control issues within the County of Warren and The Town of Front Royal. Animal law enforcement, including the methods of capture, confinement, and disposition of nuisance animals, both domestic and feral, requires that the animals be treated in the most humane manner possible.
County or Town residents who requires the assistance of Warren County Animal Control is to contact the Warren County Sheriff’s Office at (540)-635-4128 or in the case of an emergency, 911. This includes any questions dealing with wildlife matters.
Listed below are a few of the frequently requested informational topics that Animal Control Officers answer on a daily basis. Many of the requested information is similar in both the Town of Front Royal and Warren County. Additional information may be obtained through the town and county web sites.
Warren County www.warrencountyva.net
Town of Front Royal www.frontroyalva.com
66.4 (County) Removal of Animal Waste - 66-3 (Town) Maintenance of Pens and Kennels
Solid and liquid waste matter shall be removed as frequently as may be necessary to prevent offensive odors to prevent accumulations constituting a hazard to health or safety of any person
66-6 (County) Cruelty to Animals - 66-4 (Town) Cruelty to Animals
Any person who overrides, overdrives, overloads, tortures, ill-treats, abandons, willfully inflicts inhumane injury or pain not connected with bona fide scientific or medical experimentation or cruelty or unnecessarily beats, maims, mutilates or kills any animal, whether belonging to himself or another; or deprives any animal of necessary sustenance, food, drink or shelter. Class 1 misdemeanor
66-28 (County) Running at Large – 66-6 (Town) Dogs Running at Large
It shall be unlawful for any person to permit his dog to run at large as hereinafter defined. A dog shall be deemed to run at large while roaming, running or self-hunting off the property of its owner or custodian and not under its owner’s or custodian’s immediate control.
66-14.1 (County) Dangerous Dogs and Vicious Dogs
Dangerous Dog A canine or canine crossbreed that has bitten, attacked or inflicted injury on a person or companion animal that is a dog or cat, or killed a companion animal that is a dog or cat. However, when a dogs attacks or bites a companion animal that is a dog or cat, the attacking or biting dog shall not be deemed dangerous:
 If not serious physical injury as determined by a licensed veterinarian has occurred to the dog or cat as a result of the attack or bite,
 If both animals are owned by the same person,
 If such attack occurs on the property of the attacking or biting dog’s owner or custodian, or
 For other good cause as determined by the court.
(b) No dog shall be found to be a dangerous dog as a result of biting, attacking or inflicting injury on a dog or cat while engaged with an owner or custodian as part of lawful hunting or participating in an organized dog handling event.
A canine or canine crossbreed that has:
(a) Killed a person,
(b) Inflicted serious injury to a person, including multiple bites, serious disfigurement, serious impairment of health or serious impairment of a bodily function; or
(c) Continued to exhibit the behavior that results in a previous finding by the court or on or before July 1, 2006, by an animal control officer as authorized by local ordinances, that is a dangerous dog, provided that its owner has been given notice of that finding.
66-17 When License Tax Due
The license tax on dogs shall be due and payable as follows:
A. On or before January 1 and not later than January 31 of each year, the owner of any dog four months old or older shall pay a license tax as prescribed in this chapter.
66-19 Amount of License Tax
(1) Male - unneutered $8 each
(2) Female-- unspayed $8 each
(3) Neutered males and spayed females $5 each
B. No license shall be issued for the fee listed A(3) above unless the application is accompanied by a certificate from a licensed veterinarian.
66-20 (County) Rabies Inoculation Prerequisite. 66-11 (Town)
A. No license tag shall be issued for any dog unless there is presented to the Treasurer, at the time application for license is made, evidence satisfactory to the Treasurer showing that such dog has been inoculated or vaccinated against rabies by a currently licensed veterinarian.
66-11 (County) 66-11 Dogs Killing Livestock or Poultry
A. It shall be the duty of any Animal control Officer or other person who may find a dog in the act of killing, injuring, worrying or chasing any livestock or poultry to kill such forthwith.B. Any person who has any livestock or poultry killed or injured by any dog not his own shall be entitled to receive as compensation the fair market value of such livestock or poultry, no to exceed $400.
The Warren County Sheriff’s Office is responsible for serving all civil process within Warren County as directed by the court system.
Civil process papers include, but are not limited to, subpoenas, notices, orders, complaints and summonses for both Civil and Criminal cases.
Hours of operation are 8:00 am - 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday.
Civil Process Fees
Service for rent notices an in-state subpoenas, etc., is $12.00. (No charge for Juvenile cases, if General District Court or Circuit Court collect fees, we do not collect additional fees.) Out-of-State service fees are $75.00.
Eviction - Additional Resources
Additional Resources for the Landlord and Tenant:
Tenants who are in need of emergency services, such as shelter or financial assistance, or legal information, may contact:
Warren County Department of Social Services
912 Warren Avenue
357 Cloud Street
P. O. Box 1428
Front Royal, Virginia 22630
Warren County/Front Royal House of Hope
722 Warren Avenue
Front Royal, Virginia 22630
Warren County Council on Domestic Violence
P.O. Box 1831
Front Royal Virginia 22630
Business #: (703)-635-9062 Hotline/Crisis: (703)-635-9062
Blue Ridge Legal Services, Inc. Serving the City of Winchester, Counties of Clarke, Frederick, Warren and Northern Shenandoah County.
Click here to view a copy of the Virginia Residential Landlord Tenant Handbook.
Generally speaking, there are three steps to an eviction:
1. Notice - There are two kinds of notices - a 5-day notice (§55-248.34:1) for non-payment of rent and a 30-day (§55-248.31) notice for a lease violation. These notices can be served by the Warren County Sheriff’s Office or mailed to the renter by certified mail, return receipt requested.
2. Summons for Unlawful Detainer (§8.01-28) - Once the 5-day or 30-day notice has expired, you need to take a copy of your notice to Warren County General District Court and request a Summons for Unlawful Detainer. At that time, the court clerk will issue you a court date and the defendant will be served a copy of the summons by the sheriff.
3. Writ of Possession in Unlawful Detainer (§8.01-470 & 472) - If the judge awards in the landlords favor, a Writ of possession will be issued.
WRIT OF POSSESSION IN UNLAWFUL DETAINER
Mobile Home Evictions
Special considerations are made for mobile home evictions. If the landlord requesting the eviction is the landlord of the mobile home, but not the lot owner, the tenant will be treated as though they were renting an apartment. All personal property inside the mobile home will be moved to the nearest public way.
Non-Emergency Telephone: 540-635-4128 | FAX: 540-636-4950
Warren County E911/Communications Center personnel serve the citizens of Front Royal and Warren County by answering and ascertaining the nature of both emergency and non-emergency calls, and dispatching the appropriate response units. The center dispatches all requests for fire and emergency medical services, as well as emergency and non-emergency Sheriff’s Office assistance, including Animal Control. The dedicated, skilled personnel within the center track and monitor law enforcement personnel, fire, and EMS units in the field. The Communications Center also serves as an after hour answering point for other county services. In addition, the center provides coordination and support services during disasters and other emergency situations.
The Communications Center personnel are responsible for many forms of data entry, into both state and national databases, that require a great deal of attention to detail to ensure the most correct records possible. These records include stolen vehicles, as well as other stolen article files, wanted person entry, missing persons reports, and a filing maintenance of all court issued protective orders for Warren County, to name only a few.
Our goal is to provide the most efficient and effective communications possible, during emergencies and non-emergencies, to ensure the safety of life and property.
We are staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, supporting operations through an ever-changing comprehensive communications infrastructure.
The bail bonding process consists of:
Cash Bail – The defendant deposits cash with the court. When the defendant shows up for court, the cash may be returned after all court cost have been paid. If the defendant fails to show up, the court keeps the entire amount.
Surety Bond – Otherwise known as “bail bond”, this is when a defendant contacts a bondman who posts the bail bond to the court on behalf of the defendant. In return for accepting this risk, the defendant pays the bondsman a premium of typically 10% of the bail amount plus a processing fee.
Property Bond – In many jurisdictions, defendants can allow placement of a lien on property (real estate) they own in order to secure their bail amount. If the defendant fails to show up for court, the court will foreclose on their property. The defendant can only post a property bond if there is enough equity on their property to cover the bail amount.
A bondsman makes it possible for a defendant who cannot afford to post bail to be released from jail (and not spend time in jail awaiting trial). A bondsman will take care of bail paperwork and will guarantee bond payment to the court. In return for covering bail for a defendant, a bondsman earns a premium from the defendant or his or her family. The only obligation of the defendant is to appear in court on the trial date.
Recognizance is a type of release provided by the Court or Magistrate. This is typically done for first-time offenders who pose no risk to society.
A citation release (or release by summons) usually occurs when a defendant is arrested for a lesser offense. An officer may issue a citation that informs the defendant to appear in court on a specific date and time. In this case no bail is required.
Telephone numbers for calling a bondsman can be found in the yellow pages of the telephone book listed under bail bonds.
Applicant fingerprinting is available at the Warren County Jail located at 8 E. Jackson St., Front Royal, VA. 22630. There is a $5.00 fee per person payable at the time of service. The scheduled days for prints are:
Fingerprints for concealed weapons are no longer required. Valid picture identification is required to be fingerprinted. Fingerprints are processed electronically. If we can assist you in any way please contact the Warren County Jail at 540-635-3100.
All inmates are provided with nutritionally balanced meals using Department of Correction's menus written by a registered dietitian. All meals are prepared under direct supervision and are prepared by inmate labor. Inmates are trained in food preparation, food storage, and sanitation techniques to insure safety. Inmates serve an average of 120,000 meals a year at this facility.
The kitchen is inspected, documented, and in compliance with national and local health regulations. Food supplies, budgeting, and accounting procedures to control cost and waste are the responsibility of the Food Service Manager.
The GED/ABE (Adult Basic Education) Program in the Warren County Jail enables inmates to continue with their educational goals while incarcerated. Research has shown that improving ones educational levels helps to decrease recidivism in the jails and prisons.
Inmates discover areas in which they are successful, learn to communicate more effectively, and develop skills that will serve them when they are released. Some are also prepared to take the GED exam if they have not completed a high school education. Inmates who are not eligible for the GED, but are eligible for ongoing special education, are given instruction at their appropriate level.
A partial list of services includes:
The GED/ABE program is developed and monitored by Northern Shenandoah Valley Adult Education and Warren County Schools / Special Education. For more information, please contact Susan Utt, Director of Northern Shenandoah Valley Adult Education at 540-667-9744.
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